As technology advances rapidly, artificial intelligence is being implemented in more military technologies to support personnel in combat. Many military divisions worldwide utilise artificial intelligence to power applications for defense systems and combat operations. Two emerging AI-powered technologies include electric ground combat vehicles and robotic dogs, which need reliable harsh environment connectors to operate effectively.
Military Electric Ground Combat Vehicles
AI-powered ground combat vehicles use a combination of sensors and computing power to drive on their own, locate an enemy and analyse their firearms while navigating terrain and detecting obstacles. Since AI synthesises information and data to control military vehicles without human interaction, fewer team members are needed to drive these vehicles, thus freeing up soldiers to be utilised for other tasks such as managing battles or operating more advanced equipment.
AI-powered robotic dogs are designed to enhance situational awareness to determine the team’s safety, which includes testing hazardous areas to ensure it is safe for soldiers. Similar to real dogs playing fetch, these robots can fetch supplies during combat scenarios.
Among the sensors used are a set of front, rear, and side cameras to provide a 360° view. These omnidirectional capabilities allow them to navigate the terrain and operate effectively even in harsh environmental conditions combined with night vision. They also have radar systems for detecting potential threats at a distance.
As a system, the robotic dog’s “vision” enables better protection of soldiers by detecting potential dangers and providing alerts before humans can. They are also utilised to gather and record data in the field so that soldiers can focus on other tasks rather than recording information on a laptop. This helps them save time and energy when in critical situations.
Products to Support AI and Autonomy
The military connectors must be highly reliable, meet applicable specifications, and maintain performance even in extremely harsh environments to support AI and autonomous applications. In this industry, harsh environments may include vibration that could result in connector disconnection, regular exposure to dust and water, and high temperatures.
The ITT Cannon HDx™ Series are high-density circular connectors utilised when space and weight optimisation are at a premium, which is the case with autonomous equipment depending on battery power. They support high-speed data transmission for mission-critical applications and are highly durable.
These connectors also have break-away or threaded locking options for quick and easy disconnect without damage, making them ideal for soldier-worn equipment. They are ideal for harsh environments; operating temperatures from -51 to 125°C and resist corrosion.
The Amphenol 2M Series of lightweight, micro-miniature circular connectors maximize SWaP (size, weight, and power) and meet D38999 specifications for vibration and shielding but weigh less than standard D38999 connectors. Whether this product is for a soldier’s headset, tactical or handheld equipment, airframes, or avionics boxes, the Amphenol 2M Series has application flexibility with multiple coupling types available to fit different electrical and mechanical requirements.
The Souriau MIL-DTL-38999 Series III is ideal for military applications, beginning with superior performance in harsh environments, including high vibrations (44g) and temperatures up to 200°C. To ensure the plug and receptacle remain intact, these Mil-Spec circular connectors have a quick screw coupling with a self-locking mechanism.
This Series has a high-density layout and is qualified for D38999, EN3645, and BACC63 specifications. Ideal for military ground vehicles, communications, and avionics applications.
PEI-Genesis Provides Solutions for AI in the Military
PEI-Genesis has durable military connector solutions suitable for autonomous technology used by the military worldwide. As a harsh tenvironment connector distributor, PEI offers solutions from various industry-leading suppliers. If the design is complex, PEI will custom engineer a product from one of these suppliers to fit your application needs.